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good evening. it's great to have you with us here on a saturday night, and we begin with what seems to be a backwards weather picture emerging. record warmth across much of the east. take a look at the map. out west in phoenix, it will be right around freezing. reno, nevada, 9 degrees. back east, pittsburgh will be 66 tomorrow. 30 degrees above normal. columbia, south carolina, nearly 80. and in california tonight, farmers, like this one near fresno, are struggling to save their crops from the cold. standing watch at night. some farmers with fans blowing warm air on their field. meteorologist ginger zee standing by with what's causing this. but first, clayton sandell is in the heartland. >> reporter: overnight, temperatures again fell into the 30s in southern california, farmers are working around the clock to protect multimillion-dollar citrus crops. >> we have a defense system set up for the cold.
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to try and protect whatever we can, but also, mainly to keep the field warm. >> reporter: at the beach in santa monica, tourists wondered what happened to the sunshine? >> we expected it to be a little bit warmer, but my mom just came back from san francisco a month ago, so she told me, it wasn't as hot as we could imagine. >> reporter: that cold now pushing east. storms slamming parts of utah with almost 4 feet of snow. >> it was really heavy. >> reporter: temperatures from montana to minnesota, never got above 0. for the broncos/ravens playoff game in denver, toe warmers and layers, all part of the game plan. >> two pair of socks, two pair of pants, believe it or not, i'm all in here. >> reporter: it may be hard to believe on a day like this, but the cold reality the planet is
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getting warmer thanks to climate change. 2012, the hottest day ever recorded in the u.s. meaning over the long term, more days like this. here in denver, temperatures are 30 degrees colder than average. the fans at today's sold-out game, have to be die-hards, because the high temperature only 16 degrees. david? >> clayton, thanks to you. ginger zee is here with us. what's behind all of this? >> this is an arctic cold front. atlanta broke records. they were 76. haven't done that in 123 years. look at the map for tomorrow. this is going to continue. we play game, find the cold front? it's not that tough. new york city and washington, d.c., will be close to 60. it's going to be really a warm day. d.c. closer to 70. the cold air is staying in
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phoenix around and below freezing through midweek. >> you're getting reports of severe weather already? >> we have heard tornadoes reported. we'll get more images coming in. but i have seen some. it's incredible what this clash of air masses can do tonight. tonight, arkansas, under a tornado watch until midnight. >> you'll have the pictures on "good morning america." the battle against the flu tonight. what the cdc is now calling an epidemic the flu has spread to 47 states. and this evening, in some parts of the country, pharmacists with the vaccine are turning some patients away, saving it for the most vulnerable. because so many people are coming in to get it. here's abc's john schriffen. >> reporter: tonight, many around the country are desperately seeking for what seems like a golden ticket, the flu vaccine. doctor's offices and pharmacies filled with patients. hoping they're in luck. >> i was here yesterday and
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a gentleman came in and there was one left. he was a senior citizen, and i thought, shouldn't he have it more than me? >> reporter: in new york the governor has declared a public health emergency. is there enough to go around? my name is john schriffen. i'm calling from abc news. we reached out to a popular pharmacy chain here in new york city and got this response. >> currently, we only have the flu shot for the elderly, the ones that are 65 and up. >> reporter: that pharmacy's parent company, walgreens said select locations may experience shortages. but they're working quickly to restock every store. cvs dealing with the same shortage issues. >> today, we could possibly be getting 30 doses. but that could be gone in 20 minutes. >> reporter: according to the essential fers for disease control, the flu has now spread
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to 47 states. if your local pharmacy is out of the flu vaccine head on over to and it will tell you where to go. if you come into the pharmacy with flulike symptoms, doctors say, be careful not to double up on over-the-counter medications. david. >> john, good to keep in mind. i want to bring in dr. jennifer ashton, you heard john report there, some pharmacists turning some patients away, saying 65 and older. that's going to make people nervous out there. >> let's go through the numbers, david, there's still vaccine available. this year, there were 135 million doses made, about 128 million were shipped out or distributed. that's about 95% of the supply this year. believe it or not, they started to work on next year's. i ran out in my office. i called and i got a shipment on thursday.
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>> itt was a week ago, we were talking about children. two more pediatric deaths. you also learned of a shortage of medicine for children. >> we're seeing a shortage in the antiviral vaccine tamiflu in its liquid form. and that's the form give on the children. due to a shipping delay from the manufacturer. they're literally opening capsules and mixing it at the appropriate dose for children. but, again, we're waiting for those shipments to reach the pharmacies. >> something that you told us in the newsroom today that struck me, how long members of family are contagious? children are contagious longer than their parents. >> absolutely. this is the thing about influenza. adults and children can be contagious a day prior to beginning of symptoms. children even longer than that. more than a week. if your kids are sick keep them home. >> great advice, dr. ashton. thank you. we're going to turn now to washington, where the white house is getting closer now to
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revealing its plans on gun control. it's expected to come as early as tuesday, in the meantime tonight, gun enthusiasts are getting in line. abc's david kerley at the white house. >> reporter: some americans can't buy guns fast enough. this is manchester, new hampshire today, a line around the block for a gun show. as abc news first reported a record 2.5 background checks in december. the national rifle association boasting a record number of members. all in anticipation of new gun laws. >> very well. >> reporter: questions have also been raised about violent movies and video games. the makers of video games cite research, which finds no evidence that exposure to violent video games is connected to violent crime. these were the last executives to meet with biden who asked for their help. >> as this president said, diminish the possibility, even if it only saved one kid's life as a consequence. >> reporter: biden is expected to recommend reinstituting the
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assault rifle ban. one was passed in 1994 as part of a crime bill and expired ten years later. its effectiveness is still being debated. universal background checks. right now, checks are only conducted when a gun is purchased at a retailer. this would close the so-called gun show loophole and go farther, requiring a check for any private sale of a gun. and limiting magazine clips. some call it a "war on ammo," banning high-capacity clips, limiting them to possibly ten rounds. the national rifle association is having none of it. >> i think that's a real threat to their second amendment rights and we intend to do all we can to protect them. >> reporter: much of the country may be outraged. but an expert on gun laws wonders if that's enough. >> i think a likelihood congress will enact a sweeping set of proposals to gun control now is unlikely, but i think it's possible. >> reporter: now, the vice president is expected to make his recommendations on tuesday as you mentioned, david,
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and he's also going to suggest that the president may be able to do some of this on his own through executive orders. david? >> making a lot of people nervous. first thing in the morning, george tackles it all with his powerhouse roundtable on abc's "this week." we turn to italy now. costa concordia survivors are arriving at the island. with that anniversary here, the italian cost guard are now releasing new images. new details as well to finally take that ship away. abc's lama hassan on the story, back on the case tonight. >> reporter: stunning infrared video released today shows the frantic and chaotic rescue operation the night the costa concordia ran aground. passengers scrambling down the vessel's side desperately trying to escape. a year ago, tomorrow, this massive 492-foot liner was navigating through shallow waters when it hit a rock ripping open a 230-foot gash across the hull.
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haunting images as we saw for ourselves. today, it is still lying on its side. an italian american company is in charge of the salvage operation with more than 400 engineers and divers working around the clock. it's a complicated operation. officials say they have to construct an underwater platform to rotate the ship, pull it upright and keep it floating. then, they'll tow it to the mainland this summer and dismantle it. the captain of the ship says he's been portrayed as worse than osama bin laden. he faces charges of manslaughter and abandoning ship. if he goes to trial and is found guilty, he could spend 20 years in prison. lama hasan, abc news, london. >> lama, our thanks to you. back home tonight, many eyes will be on cyclist
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lance armstrong who will sit down with oprah in the coming weeks on a campaign to rehabilitate his reputation. >> reporter: in his last interview with oprah nearly two years ago, lance armstrong got a hero's welcome. now disgraced and labeled as a cheater, he'll face a much tougher audience next week when he sits with her again. but if as expected, armstrong confesses to doping it will likely come after the statue of limitations of perjury ran out. following this strong denial under oath. >> if it can't be any clearer, i have never taken drugs. >> reporter: still an about-face could land him in serious hot water. he's still facing a suit that's tightly under seal and threats from a promoter that wants $7.5 million back. and yet, armstrong texted the ap, i told oprah to go wherever she wants and i'll answer the questions directly, honestly and candidly.
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>> he's setting himself up for more trouble. and he's in loads of trouble now. >> reporter: many believe in doing so, in confessing as a last-ditch attempt to get back into competitors sports, they say that's the only reason why he may be doing this. >> thank you so much. still much more ahead tonight -- the eye-opening comments from a well-known kennedy who turned to dallas 50 years after the assassination of president kennedy, was it all a conspiracy? at a dry cleaner, we replaced people with a machine. what? customers didn't like it. so why do banks do it? hello? hello?! if your bank doesn't let you talk to a real person 24/7, you need an ally. hello? ally bank.
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he was quote, fairly convinced. >> this was a military-style ambush from start to finish. with lyndon johnson waiting in the wing. >> reporter: the 1991 hit film "jfk" fueled and explored conspiracy theories around the evidence. >> i don't find them credible. it's been investigated. reinvestigated again and again. and no one has ever come up with entirely credible evidence. >> reporter: robert kennedy jr. also thinks his father, who was attorney general at the time, felt some guilt, because he believed there could have been a link with his aggressive work against organized crime. david? >> so rare we hear from the kennedys on that day. thank you, alex. when we come back on the broadcast, the famous johnny cash. the contestant who came up with
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other, her family telling us the stories of the little girl unable to relate to the little girls at school, the hours spent alone, she had autism but they didn't know it. the teacher who once said i don't get paid enough to handle this. but 11 years old, finally answer. a diagnosis. no one thought she would make it here. i'm david. good to meet you. at 18, alexis has defied the odds. the first contestant with autism to compete in miss america. she came with a message for other children with special needs. what do you say to other young people who feel alone? >> i wish they would embrace themselves for who they are. >> reporter: and when she didn't have any friends growing up, i heard you had one best friend? >> oh, yes. in the fourth grade, i had a giant winnie the pooh doll. >> reporter: winnie the pooh,
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still loyal today. there are so many young women here who have defied the odds from small-town america. from ohio, miss fallen timbers. miss wyoming financing her own journey. on this day, she's getting ready for a fund-raiser. we also learned that, after tonight's pageant, miss district of columbia will go home for a preventive double mastectomy. a rare and brave move to prevent the breast cancer that killed her mother when she was 16. she told our lara spencer that they shared the gene. >> this is my mom. she's beautiful. ? her mom will be in spirit. miss montana will be in the back of theater, too. >> she won. she was here.
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sorry. >> you never thought that this would even be possible? >> absolutely not. this is beyond anything we ever thought. >> i do think about the kids. i hope they're watching. >> and pooh bear is watching. >> pooh bear is watching. i know. >> good luck. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. tonight, right here, pageant confidential, the road to miss america, followed by miss america. starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern. i'll see you tomorrow night. good night.
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>> hundreds gather to remember a petaluma teen. >> the temperatures are dropping. how low they will go this weekend. we have the forecast. [cheering] >> 49ers fans aren't letting the cold keep them down. we have all the fan excitement. abc7 at 6:00 starts now. >> ama: another cold night ahead, and records could break as this cold snap stretches into another day. good evening, and thank you for joining us. let's begin with leigh glaser. >> leigh: we'll go ahead and check the live doppler 7hd. it's a clear sky out there this evening, folks, winds not as brisk as this time last night, an indication these temperatures are going to drop more so tonight. freeze warnings, 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, for the north bay, east bay interior
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valleys and santa clara valley. the locations you say in the dark purple. the lighter shade of purple it's a frost advisory. and that's for the bay shoreline until 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning as well. remember, vegetation, plants, crops, pets, pipes, make sure you cover them. bring the pets in overnight. here's a look at the anticipated lows. mid-20s for napa and santa rosa, antioch, 27. 30s near oakland as well as san francisco. how much longer will the cold be with us? we'll look at the seven-day forecast later. >> ama: coming up, going to extremes because of the cold. what some people are doing to stay warm tonight. the weather isn't keeping 49er fans down tonight. at it do or die as the 49ers take on the green bay packers. we have team coverage with excited fans, beginning with john alston outside candlestick
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